Keystone Science School Educator Programs challenge current and future leaders to balance the environmental, economic and social equity issues of today and tomorrow.
We believe that a highly skilled and highly motivated teacher is the single most important factor influencing student achievement. Keystone Science School Educator Programs reinforce teachers’ confidence and skills in teaching science in the context of current events. By demonstrating the role of science and its relationship to decision-making, our teacher professional development programs excite teachers and as a result, excite their students about the potential of science. The teachers also improve their own skills, knowledge and teaching abilities. The following key components are embedded in Keystone’s education work:
- Non-biased: Teachers and students are introduced to a new way of thinking about their approach to contentious issues. They learn strategies to identify and remove their own bias in order to facilitate inquiry and critical thinking.
- Systems Thinking and Sustainability Framework: Keystone education programs and curricula incorporate the 3Es of sustainability; environment, economics and social equity within a Systems approach as a basis for examining issues and making informed decisions.
- Emphasis on STEM Initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
- Scientific process: Keystone’s education programs and curricula are based on a scientific process that includes historical information, hard science data collection, as well as social perspectives.
- Open-ended: Keystone’s programs and curricula allow participants to solve problems in a variety of creative ways based on the evidence and data they have collected.
- Service Learning Opportunities: Keystone’s curricula allow students to use the knowledge they have gained to become active citizens of their communities.
- Standards-based: Curricula is aligned to national and regional education standards in a variety of disciplines, including language arts, math, science and social studies.
- Infusion of 21st Century Global Competition Skills: Curricula incorporates the skills and concepts of: Global Awareness; Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy; Civic Literacy; Learning and Innovation; Technology, Communication and Media; and Life and Career Skills.
Our programs and services:
- Teacher Professional Development
Perfect for teachers looking for a fresh approach to teaching STEM principles, our national trainings feature interdisciplinary, hands-on, inquiry-based curricula on a variety of issues relevant to today’s communities. Teachers receive re-licensure credit and are integrated into a valuable network of fellow educators.
- Original Curriculum
Written by current and former classroom teachers, our original curricula are aligned with STEM concepts and National Education Standards. Each incorporates a variety of educational disciplines and comes with complete lesson plans, materials and on-going online support.
By supporting our programs, sponsors invest not only in education, but in the innovative thinking of today’s youth, the development of our future workforce and the next generation of leaders.
For information on funding opportunities, please contact Keystone Science School Educator Programs Director
Keystone Science School's mission is to educate youth and adults to broaden perspectives and foster appreciation for engaged citizenship. We accomplish this through meaningful and collaborative learning experiences in the natural mountain environment that incorporate non-biased scientific inquiry, leadership development, civic engagement and academic rigor.
Learn more about The Keystone Center non-profit organization at www.keystone.org